In support of Mouth Cancer Action Month, that runs from 1 to 30 November 2018, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Community Dental service will be raising awareness with health professionals and the general public on the potential warning signs and symptoms of mouth cancer, as well as the factors that could put people at risk.
According to the Oral Health Foundation, more than 7,800 people were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year in the UK. The disease has grown by a third in the last decade – and remains one of very few cancers which are predicted to increase further in the coming years.
To help raise awareness the team will be attending a self-care event at Girlington Community Centre, Girlington Road, Bradford, BD8 9NN, Wednesday 14 November, 10.00am-12.00pm and the Salvation Army, 371 Leeds Road, Bradford, BD3 9NG, Thursday 29 November, 11.30am and 1.00pm.
Sharon Walker, Oral Health Lead commented: “The team will be available to provide information and advice on mouth care. Early detection is key, and we encourage people to check their mouths regularly, and visit the dental surgery immediately if they notice anything abnormal.”
The warning signs of mouth cancer are:
- Red, white or speckled patches in the mouth that can’t be wiped off
- Mouth ulcers or sores that take longer than three weeks to heal
- A lump or thickening in the mouth
- Problems chewing or swallowing lasting more than three weeks
- A sore throat that lasts longer than three weeks
To reduce the risk of mouth cancer:
- Check your mouth regularly and visit your dentist or GP immediately if you notice anything unusual
- Stop smoking/chewing tobacco
- Don’t drink more than the recommended limit of alcohol
- Maintain a healthy and balanced diet
If in doubt, get checked out.
For further information visit www.mouthcancer.org